ATAVUS San Diego – Press Release

ATAVUS and MM7 Partner to Provide Daily

Training Environment to Rugby Athletes in San Diego

ATAVUS Powered by MM7, an official USA Rugby NDA, will now provide year-round Rugby and physical development programming to aspiring men and women at the senior (18+) and junior levels (U18)


SAN DIEGO (January 28, 2016) – ATAVUS and MM7 Training Center have partnered to expand the ATAVUS Academy in San Diego, providing sustained, year-round player development for women and men at the senior (18+) and junior (U18) levels. As an official USA Rugby National Development Academy, the ATAVUS Academy Powered by MM7 provides athletes with customized multi-week cycle strength and conditioning (S&C) training, nutrition education, athlete tracking and testing delivered by MM7, integrated with Rugby skill training by ATAVUS coaches.

“Our partnership with MM7 enhances our Academy’s goal to maximize an individual athlete’s potential appropriate to their aspirational level,” said Emilie Bydwell, Head of Rugby Programming at ATAVUS. “This Academy will provide athletes with what they need daily to compete at an elite level, giving them a home base for their physical and skill development.”

As part of the USA Rugby Olympic Development Program, ATAVUS’ Rugby programming in San Diego is led by USA Women’s 15s Head coach Pete Steinberg and former USA Rugby Women’s 7s coach Richie Walker. MM7 S&C programs are led by current USA Olympic 7s speed coach Les Spellman.

“At MM7, we strive to help the young athletes of the community accomplish their dreams of playing at the next level,” said Les Spellman of MM7. “We are extremely excited because our partnership will combine the efforts of two great organizations to help bring those dreams to fruition.”

ATAVUS programming delivers the Rugby tools necessary to play at an elite-level, enhances the players’ understanding of the international game and develops the skills and physical strength necessary to compete at the highest levels.

“I’m really excited about the ATAVUS Academy expanding in San Diego. I’ve been training with Les Spellman at MM7 and the facility is perfect. There’s plenty of room for speed sessions, weights, and skills,” said current USA Eagle Deven Owsiany. “Having the morning sessions will be perfect to get in a workout before my day job and also surround myself with people who have similar goals. I’m definitely ready for this academy to push me to the next level.”

ATAVUS Academy athletes receive ATAVUS apparel; a HUDL account for ongoing access to video analysis of training sessions, and ATAVUS led webinars.


The Senior Academy (18+) has three tiers of participation, running up to four days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) from 6-9am. Tiers and pricing include:

  • Tier 1: 3 Sessions per week: $200 per month
  • Tier 2: 4 sessions per week: $250 per month
  • Tier 3: 4 sessions per week + unlimited access to MM7 Training Center facility: $300


The Junior Academy (U18) has two tiers of participation, running on-field sessions Mondays from 7-9pm with special educational tutoring and recruitment services including SAT/ACT assessment exams. Tiers and pricing include:

  • Tier 1: 1 field session per week: $275 per month
  • Tier 2: 1 field session per week + 1 Performance Training Session at MM7 + unlimited access to MM7 Training Center facility: $500 per month.

ATAVUS’ first Academy has been operating in Seattle since 2013, with more than 25 women and men participating in ongoing player development and S&C. Current USA national team pool players Ryan Carlyle, Oli Kilifi, Jope Motokana, Emily Prentice, Tim Stanfill, Kelsi Stockert, Shalom Suniula, Ben Landry and Matt Trouville train year-round at the ATAVUS Academy Seattle.

All participants at the ATAVUS Academy Powered by MM7 also have the opportunity to be selected and play as part of the ATAVUS All-Stars to provide competitive opportunities in rugby athlete development. The 2016 ATAVUS All-Stars schedule includes:

  • Las Vegas Invitational (7s)
March 3-4 Men & Women
  • Las Vegas Invitational (7s)
March 3-4 Boys & Girls
  • British Military Tour (15s)
June Women
  • U20 Ontario Tour (15s)*
July Women
  • Serevi Rugbytown 7s
August Men & Boys

 *event to be confirmed

Athletes interested in participating in the ATAVUS Academy Powered by MM7 in San Diego can find more information and pricing at:


ATAVUS is an ancestor from which character is inherited, passing along Rugby while instilling values in every player. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, ATAVUS is relentlessly driven to breed character, develop skills and champion Rugby in the USA and beyond. The company builds and executes sustained, progression-based programming that provides coaching inclusive of any age, skill set or gender. Programs includes the year-round ATAVUS Academy, the USA Rugby Academy Powered by ATAVUS, customizable “Powered By ATAVUS” consulting services, and international programs with key partners including the worldwide HSBC Rugby Festivals. ATAVUS also provides a brand identify, through social media and apparel, for the Rugby community that helps raise the level of noise around the sport in the U.S. For more information on ATAVUS, including upcoming player and coach training sessions visit


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